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EtymologyEdit

From French baïonnette, named after the French town of Bayonne.

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NounEdit

bayonet (plural bayonets)

  1. (military) A pointed instrument of the dagger kind fitted on the muzzle of a musket or rifle, so as to give the soldier increased means of offence and defence. Originally, the bayonet was made with a handle, which required to be fitted into the bore of the musket after the soldier had fired.
  2. (engineering) A pin which plays in and out of holes made to receive it, and which thus serves to engage or disengage parts of the machinery.

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VerbEdit

bayonet (third-person singular simple present bayonets, present participle bayoneting or bayonetting, simple past and past participle bayoneted or bayonetted)

  1. (transitive) To stab with a bayonet.
  2. (transitive) To compel or drive by the bayonet.
    • Burke
      to bayonet us into submission

Usage notesEdit

The spelling bayoneting and bayoneted are preferred in the US, while bayonetting and bayonetted are preferred in the UK.

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IndonesianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Dutch bajonet.

NounEdit

bayonet (plural bayonet-bayonet, first-person possessive bayonetku, second-person possessive bayonetmu, third-person possessive bayonetnya)

  1. bayonet